As with many things in life, you have to learn to go with the flow, feel what’s in your heart and making changes accordingly. That is exactly what Barb and I did this week. First let me explain how the first two weeks of our new job went mapping remote BLM lands in Utah.
As expected we saw some really beautiful and remote country. The low lands offer a unique beauty of sage, cattle, antelope, jack rabbits, snakes and wild horses. The high ground offers absolutely stunning views, rugged bone jarring terrain and mountain springs that are so clear that you could drink out of them. The unexpected……. How unbelievably tiring it is driving rough country in the jeep for 6-7 hours a day. We come home at the end of the day whooped! I don’t think we have stayed up past 9:00 since we started.
The high country has some great views..........
|One of our high country roads|
|Our lunch spot last Monday|
|Daisy drinking from one of the spring holding tanks|
|A couple more rocks under the tires and we will be back on the trail!|
When Barb and I started our full-timing adventure we really did not have any plans of having a job, as a matter of fact we had never really talked about working. Our plans were to spend the summers in Canada and our winters traveling the states. But plans change…..over the past year we have met a lot of great people and heard about a lot of great seasonal jobs that we never knew were out there. Camp Hosts, Lighthouse Attendants, Gate Guards, there are literally hundreds of both paid and volunteer positions out there that are perfect for traveling couples. When we heard about this position from our friends Steve and Joan we thought it was too good to be true, getting paid to drive and explore remote backcountry roads and hanging out with good friends. It would be like getting paid to play!
The low lands is desolate and has a beauty of all its own.........
|This mine shaft went straight down into the ground|
|A Curlew that was cooperative in this photo op|
|A herd of wild horses that would not get out of our way!|
|A while later we watched them from the top of a hill|
|Daisy watched them too!|
Despite all the cool scenery at the second week we realized we just weren’t totally happy. Getting up at 6:00am, out the door by 7:30 back home by 5:00 totally whooped. I realize we won’t get a lot of sympathy from most of the readers but the thought of doing this 5 days a week for the next 16-20 weeks was daunting and to be honest it was affecting our relationship. Maybe we should have realized this going in but at the end of the 2nd week we decided it was time to reevaluate our plans and do what was right for us. It is a good job, good pay, working for and with some great people. So we sat down with our bosses Chuck and Claudia and explained our situation telling them we were going to move on and get back to our routine of life on the road. They totally understood and even took us out to dinner that night with the other teams! What a great couple and great company. In two weeks we met several couples who we know will be long time friends. If anyone is looking for an adventurous job where you get to see some really cool country while getting paid, send me a note and I will put you in touch with Chuck and Claudia.
So what’s next? We are going to spend a few days with the kids then head west to the coast where we plan on seeing Barb’s 94 year old grandmother, stepmother and maybe a few other relatives if it works out. Then back east to see the kids one more time before heading north into Canada for the summer!
Luckily, I think I know just the place……..........................